Argentinian hopes progress at Roland Garros

Two of Argentina’s best hopes for French Open success advanced to the third round at Roland Garros today.

Two of Argentina’s best hopes for French Open success advanced to the third round at Roland Garros today.

Last year’s runner-up Guillermo Coria progressed when his 18-year-old opponent Novak Djokovic from Serbia & Montenegro retired through injury in the third set.

It will have come as a welcome relief for the eighth seed as the game was evenly poised at 4-6 6-2 3-2 when Djokovic was unable to carry on due to respiratory problems.

“I think he has got a big future,” said Coria. “I was surprised by his speed. He was running around like a rabbit, playing very fast and that’s difficult.”

Coria’s countryman Guillermo Canas, seeded nine, is also through but in more routine fashion after thrashing Spain’s Albert Montanes 6-1 6-3 6-4.

Two Russian seeds had differing fortunes.

Number 12 seed Nikolay Davydenko beat Belgium’s Olivier Rochus 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-3 but number 29 Mikhail Youzhny went down 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-5) to Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

Germany’s Tommy Haas, seeded 21, was also a beneficiary of a retirement when his opponent Vincent Spadea pulled out when trailing 6-4 6-3.

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